Route 84 House Fire: Three Miles from Train Tracks, Nine From a Hydrant

(10 Minute Play) A State Fire Marshal interviews a Young Girl who is the only survivor of a farmhouse fire that has presumably killed the rest of her family. However, there are no bodies, little clues, and misleading evidence. The State Fire Marshal works to unwind the Young Girl's haunting and poetic past narratives of her entire life on the farm, while drawing her into the present to solve the origin of the house fire on Route 84.
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Route 84 House Fire: Three Miles from Train Tracks, Nine From a Hydrant

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  • George Sapio:
    28 Nov. 2018
    Disturbing and chilling. Imagine hearing the words that come out of this young woman's mouth and try to imagine what put them there. What do you do when you cannot fathom the place from where another speaks? Is it simple misunderstanding, or is it something more visceral? A provoking and horrific pas de deux for two actors.
  • Emily Hageman:
    6 Jul. 2018
    Holy smokes (no pun intended). This may be the most magnificent dramatic ten minute play I've ever read. Absolutely chilling, incredibly economical, a masterpiece in saying a lot with a little. Every question I had was answered as I read, and my reviewers below are not kidding, the last line is nothing but sheer brilliance. This play needs to be performed a lot and would be a smash-hit at competitions. It's only a matter of time before this fantastic play is discovered and given the attention it deserves. Wow.
  • Jennifer Kokai:
    23 Apr. 2018
    Beautiful visceral writing. Each line is urgent. A compelling and disturbing play.

Character Information

  • Teenage Girl
    15-25,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Cis Female or Gender Queer or Trans
  • State Fire Marshal
    40-60,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Cis Female or Gender Queer or Trans

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Midwest Dramatist Center Conference
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Community Theater
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    Kansas City Horror Play Festival - SqueezeBox Theatre and Erica Baker Production (Under Short title 'Route 84 House Fire')
    ,
    2018
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Barn Players 6x10 (under short title 'Route 84 House Fire')
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Out Loud! Highlights from the Midwest Dramatists Conference - Phoenix KC Theatre as part of J.O.B.’s educational program
    ,
    2017